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Definition of "forgive" []

  • To excuse for a fault or an offense; pardon. (verb-transitive)
  • To renounce anger or resentment against. (verb-transitive)
  • To absolve from payment of (a debt, for example). (verb-transitive)
  • To accord forgiveness. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "forgive" in a sentence
  • "Her eyes—she knew me—she smiled—she whispered—forgive me, Curt, —forgive her—when it was I who should have said forgive me—but before I could—she—— [He falters brokenly.] 166"
  • "Charity came with such power that her commands actually overruled in many instances the feeble claims of Justice, so that she bade men henceforward to forgive, for example, not merely according to Justice, but according to her own Divine nature, to _forgive unto seventy times seven_, to give _good measure, heaped up and running over_, and not the bare minimum which men had merely earned."
  • "When you really look at the word "forgive" it means: to stop feeling angry or resentful toward."